Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibition hosted by Hirshhorn Museum  is definitely the event of the spring in Washington D.C.  We could not miss the chance to visit it too.


Hirshhorn is a Smithsonian’s Museum, which means there’s is a free entry. However, in this case I’d much rather pay for the tickets than go through the ordeal of getting my free pass.  Generally, there are two ways to get in – you either get a timed pass online or you come in the morning and line up for the same-day walk up timed pass. Or you could also donate money (the smallest donation suggestion I saw was $250, but someone told me you could do $50) and become a member and visit as often as you like whenever you want to.

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The Boardwalk Empire VS MGM National Harbor

I first entered a casino in 2010. My then-not-even-a -boyfriend took me to Atlantic City and  the place wowed me to the point that it has now almost become our family legend how I was waking around the Caesar’s Casino with my eyes wide open and jaw dropped.  Since then I went to AC at least 8 times and each time the wow-factor was there less and less, until last weekend it came to the point when I wanted to dry-clean all of my clothes and shoes after just spending a night there.download-1

Sure, the ocean is always beautiful, but the famous Boardwalk is not what it used to be. From closed hotels and casinos to shops selling tacky t-shirts, from mediocre restaurants to scary-looking crowds, from loud commercials on repeat to all-penetrating cigarette smoke, this was definitely not the place I remembered from my first visits in 2010.

This past weekend we finally drove to National Harbor to check on the new MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino, which opened just last December. Casinos in the US are very strictly regulated, so having one just half an hour drive from home seemed an exciting thing.

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My Top 5 Places To Eat in DC Metro Area

Everybody who knows me at least a little bit,  knows I am a foodie. I love to cook and I love to eat. I love exploring new places to eat, I love good food presentation, I love going to the cooking classes, and food is a significant part of my travelling  experience. This love has taken its toll on me though and I had to make going to the gym a part of my routine to keep  the digits on the scale somehow under control. But it’s not the point.

In this post I want to share with you my favorite food places this spring. Most of them are my latest discoveries, but some of them I have been loving for ages.

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Photo by Ambar Restaurant

Ambar :  –  If you have never tried Balkan cuisine – you need to go. If you have – you don’t need this blog post to tell you this as you have probably already made a reservation. The best way to enjoy is to come very hungry and order Balkan Experience – you pay fixed price and they bring you everything on the menu. The dishes are tapas size, so you will be able to fit quite a few in your stomach. The service is great, everyone is very friendly, the food tastes as if your Grandmother just cooked it, drink selection is beyond this world and I particularly love the choice of music. Love, love, love! Continue reading

Saturday Night Live from Washington D.C.

More than 13 years ago I first stepped my foot on Washington D.C. soil being a scared exchange student from Ukraine. A year later as I was buckling up ready for the flight back home, I was silently promising myself I would never be back,  under no circumstances. Today I raised a glass  of some fancy pineapple infused vodka cocktail to celebrate how happy I am to be living here in Washington D.C. area.

Life has the strangest ways, huh?
In New York I pick up my pace and work elbows. In Paris I want to wear scarf more often than I normally do. In Miami I wish I were few pounds smaller. In Washington D.C. I feel just right. Honestly, anybody would. It’s mix of styles, colors, accents, attitudes, including no style, no attitude and not giving a shit. The city is  not huge, and you can blend in with tourists hanging out at the Reflection Pool or blend in with locals  queueing for Georgetown Cupcake (something I never imagine myself doing because for God’s sake, what’s in those cupcakes that you have to stand in line for an hour?) all within couple miles walk.

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Regardless of how many times I strolled the D.C. streets,  there are still new places to discover. Tonight we spent the evening in a nice little place called City Center D.C.  We had dinner at De Frisco, which was overpriced, if you ask me (and the waiter obviously lost interest in us after he figures we were just in for couple of appetizers and a dessert), but the pineapple infused vodka drink and the  nice view over the city made it kinda worthwhile.

I sometimes fail to realize how lucky I am to have all I have. But when I do, I feel it full speed. Tonight is one of those times.